The Reagan Show Reviews

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March 21, 2019
Incisive, occasionally surreal...
August 26, 2018
The Reagan Show doesn't give us any insight into what was really beyond the show, working only as a record, if an accurate one, of what people speculated at the time.
February 9, 2018
It doesn't reveal anything totally unknown or surprising about the "performer in chief," but it's packaged in such a compelling manner.
December 28, 2017
Ronald Reagan and his team changed the whole game of American politics by transforming the White House into a movie studio.
December 27, 2017
The Reagan Show is timely on a number of levels.
December 22, 2017
Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill have blown a glorious opportunity to explore the extent to which presentation matters more than content when it comes to presidential pronouncements.
November 26, 2017
The Reagan Show is a sober reminder of what America is lacking: a politician who can act presidential as the leader of the free world.
October 9, 2017
The fact that Ronald Reagan's administration was big on PR and presentation is hardly news, and, though this documentary made up of television footage from the period claims to focus on that aspect of the presidency, it doesn't dig deep.
October 8, 2017
Uncritical, infatuated with Reagan's charisma rather than searching for the chinks in his armour, the film's lively score keeping things balefully light.
October 8, 2017
Interesting enough but not especially insightful or revealing.
October 6, 2017
The Reagan Show will offer a peculiarly potent hit of nostalgia and cultural cringe.
October 6, 2017
While noble in its cause, the documentary's theme fails to materialize, and there are several glaring omissions...
October 6, 2017
This wry documentary focuses on the original entertainer-turned-president and his box of showbiz tricks.
October 5, 2017
The aim of directors Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez, anthologising their media moments, is elusive, unless it's to expose the actor-president as a skilful showman.
October 5, 2017
If it's hardly a novel perspective on the US presidency, it's nonetheless a compelling one, and one that's especially timely in today's brutal political wars across an ever more complex media and online landscape.
October 5, 2017
The Reagan Show pretty much gives away its entire thesis in its title, but it's fun to trawl through these archive images and it allows us to ponder whether we'll ever really be able to claw through the protective layers of spin.
October 4, 2017
It reminds us what a limited and one-dimensional politician he was - but also what a consummate performer whenever the cameras were in sight.
October 4, 2017
Entertaining if slightly pointless ...
October 4, 2017
This documentary provides an entraining and thought-provoking look at an immensely important public figure.
October 3, 2017
The film's analysis is somewhat superficial, but comparisons to current White House incumbent Donald Trump's vows to "make America great again" are inevitable.
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